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Ministry of the Interior (Afghanistan)

Ministry of the Interior Affairs
Interior Affairs Ministry Emblem
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Government of Afghanistan
Headquarters Shahri Naw Kabul, Afghanistan
Minister responsible

The Ministry of Interior Affairs (Pashto: د افغانستان د کورنیو چارو وزارت ‎) is headquartered in Kabul, Afghanistan, and is responsible for law enforcement in Afghanistan. It maintains the Afghan National Police, Afghan Special Narcotics Force, Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan, and the Afghan Public Protection Force.[1][2] It also supervises the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers (GDPDC).[3]


  • List of ministers 1
  • Areas of responsibility 2
  • During the Taliban's administration 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

List of ministers

The Minister is also the Cabinet member responsible for the administration of Afghanistan's Provinces.

Name Date Notes
Mohammad Gul Khan Momand 1930s
Abdul Qadir Nuristani 1975 - ?
Khairullah Khairkhwa 1997 - 1998
Abdur Razzaq ? — May 2000 — ?
Yunus Qanuni December 7, 2001 — 19 June 2002
  • Participated in the Bonn conference that confirmed Hamid Karzai as Afghanistan's interim leader.[6]
  • A leader in the Northern Alliance
  • Resigned from the Interior Ministry, and became Education Minister.
  • Ran for President against Hamid Karzai.
Taj Mohammad Wardak 19 June 2002 — January 28, 2003
Ali Ahmad Jalali January 28, 2003 — September 27, 2005
Ahmad Moqbel Zarar September 28, 2005 — October 11, 2008
  • Was the deputy Minister when Jalali resigned.[7]
  • Was appointed acting Minister before his appointment was made permanent.
Mohamad Hanif Atmar October 11, 2008 — July 2010
Bismillah Khan Mohammadi July 2010 — September 2012
Mujtaba Patang 15 September 2012 — 22 July 2013
Mohammad Omar Daudzai 1 September 2013 — 9 December 2014
Mohammad Ayub Salangi
9 December 2014 - 27 January 2015
Nur ul-Haq Ulumi 27 January 2015 — present

Areas of responsibility

During the Taliban's administration

Mohammad Khaksar a former Taliban deputy Minister of the Interior is notable because he is reported to have been spying on the Taliban. Khaksar was assassinated on January 14, 2006 by Taliban gunmen.[9] Abdul Samad Khaksar is another former Taliban Interior Minister who has renounced the Taliban.[10]

Joint Task Force Guantanamo counter-terrorism analysts described Khirullah Khairkhwa as a former Taliban Minister of the Interior.[11][12][13] However, during his second annual Administrative Review Board hearing Khirullah Khairkhwa disputed this allegation.


  1. ^ "Afghanistan: Top Security Official Resigns Amid Controversy".  
  2. ^ [2]: Official Site of the Afghan Public Protection Force.
  3. ^ State Department Human Rights Report
  4. ^ Scott Baldauf, Owais Tohid (May 8, 2003). "Taliban appears to be regrouped and well-funded: A new hierarchy of leaders has emerged across parts of Afghanistan.".  
  5. ^ "Background paper on Refugees and Asylum Seekers from Afghanistan" (PDF). United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. April 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 21, 2006. Retrieved February 27, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Qanooni talks tough against Pak".  
  7. ^ Mudassir Ali Shah (September 30, 2005). "Karzai, Musharraf vow joint anti-terror drive".  
  8. ^ Afghan President, Pressured, Reshuffles Cabinet by John F. Burns, New York Times, October 11, 2008
  9. ^ "Afghan president condemns assassination of former interior minister".  
  10. ^ Scott Baldauf (October 15, 2004). "Peaceful vote diminishes Taliban: The Afghan rebels had threatened violence to disrupt Saturday's elections, but failed to deliver.".  
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External links

  • Official site
  • Official site of the Afghan Public Protection Force

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